The Secret Quest to Jumlatan
teenager brad johnston find himself central to an ages-old battle between the pitters - creatures of living stone - who would destroy the earth, and the carers who are on the side of life. aided by the marsupial-man, bilby, the plant-man changeling, makira, and his aboriginal friend, crystal, he must find the hero within to save his family and the planet from destruction. More
brad johnston is a typical, 14-year-old australian boy living with his divorced mother. he’s looking forward to a father/son trip to alice springs and attending a concert by his hero, rock star and environmental activist, cole thunder. but, as soon as brad’s archaeologist father, kel, arrives, things become strange. kel brings with him the mysterious ‘thingy’ an artefact he has found in the desert which seems to belong to no known culture.
to brad’s annoyance his father has invited nungari, an aboriginal associate of his, to join their trip, which now focuses, in part, on exploring the origins of the ‘thingy’. brad’s annoyance lifts when he finds that, nungari’s daughter, crystal, who was his friend when he was little, is also joining them, and she has grown into a beautiful and fascinating young woman.
through uncanny circumstances the quartet are led to a cave in the outback where more strange artefacts are found. crystal and brad become separated from their parents and find themselves involved with a race of beings known as the cootband – odd creatures, half-man, half marsupial, who are allies of the carers in a battle against the evil pitters. the pitters are monstrous creatures of living stone who seek to reduce the earth to a desert.
it is revealed that brad and crystal’s destinies are caught up in the struggle and they have a key role to play in saving the planet. their incredible journey takes them on a number of thrilling adventures, into the magical land of the carers, the forbidding subterranean realm of the pitters, the australian outback and the himalayas.
along the way, they encounter a cast of unforgettable characters, including brad’s hero, thunder, makira the plant-man, bilby the cootband warrior, and the dreaded ghulart, king of the pitters. jam-packed with imaginative incident and leavened with many a dose of humour, the secret is a fast-paced fantasy that will stimulate the imagination and entertain young and old alike. it is a classic tale of the hero’s journey imbued with an overriding concern for the welfare of the planet and the responsibility each person must take for it.
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